Following changes to the Australian Consumer Law complementary medicines can now make increased use of ‘Made in Australia’ claims on eligible products. These amendments respond to the unanticipated consequences for the complementary medicine sector following amendments to Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) laws in 2017.
The changes are being implemented in two stages.
Initial regulatory changes are in place now.
Further changes will be implemented in 2020. These changes will include amendments to the Australian Competition and Consumer Act which will provide that:
‘Made in Australia’ claims for the complementary medicine sector remain voluntary. These changes address both industry concerns and the need for consumer transparency in purchasing decisions. They were informed by the findings of a government taskforce, feedback from industry and public consultation. The Australian, State and Territory Governments supported this solution.
For more information on the changes to country of origin claims for complementary medicines visit the Competition and Consumer Amendments (Australian-made Complementary Medicines) Regulations 2019 on the Federal Register of Legislation.